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High-powered entertainment attorney Deborah Klein has left the law firm Barnes Morris Klein Mark Yorn Barnes & Levine and joined Jackoway Tyerman Wert¬heimer Austen Mandelbaum & Morris as a partner.

The new name of the firm will be Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.

Klein, who was with Barnes Morris for eight years, is a major player in the comedy scene, representing such talent as Will Ferrell (and his shingle Gary Sanchez Prods.), Jim Carrey, Vince Vaughn, Dane Cook and Paul Rudd as well as Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, Mena Suvari and Dave Eggers, among others.

Klein was also instrumental, working with CAA, in helping several of comedy's big stars make moves into the online world with Web sites such as FunnyorDie.com.

Jackoway Tyerman is already one of the top firms in town, with clients ranging from actors Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz to filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Paul Thomas Anderson to writers Simon Kinberg and Eric Roth.

Klein's boarding bolsters the firm's comedy arena, which includes Seth MacFarlane and his Fuzzy Door Prods., Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and his Worldwide Pants, and Jonah Hill.

"She is just a perfect fit," managing partner Jim Jackoway said. "Whether it's the conventional feature work or some of the new-media work, she is focused on the business and the business moving in the same direction as we are."

Said Barnes Morris: "It has been a very successful run for all in¬volved, and we wish her the very best in her future endeavors."

Before Barnes Morris, Klein spent 12 years with Bloom Hergott Cook Diemer and Klein.

This year, Klein was featured in The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers list of 100 top entertainment attorneys. She started at Jackoway Tyerman on Tuesday.
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